Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - the life of famed Harry Potter-world magi zoologist Newt Scamnder,
A few pages into my favorite love story of 2015, Maggie Nelson’s theory-propelled memoir The Argonauts, the author “lies lovesick on the floor” while her friend searches Google for clues as to the “preferred pronoun” of Harry, Nelson’s new lover. Maggie and Harry are already deep into a sexual relationship at this point, “spending every free minute in bed together.” Later that day (though earlier in the book, in its very first paragraph), Nelson recounts, “[T]he words I love you come tumbling out of my mouth in an incantation the first time you fuck me in the ass.” The author has now both slept with and fallen in love with a person without knowing their gender. …Read More